Everyone deserves to be treated equally and have the same opportunities. In John Lewis’s March, he uses his flashback about raising chickens as a way to show equality. As a boy, he took care of each and every chicken. He gave them names; he feed them; he buried them; he made them his congregation. No one else in his family took the time to form bonds with these chickens. They had no problem killing and eating them or selling them off for money. The flashbacks serves to parallel the Civil Rights movement to something more tangible for the two visiting boys who did not grow up in the struggle for Civil Rights. The chickens are the black community. John Lewis could be seen as either a black empowerer (maybe MLK) or the white community that supports freedom while his family represents the white supremacists. His family disliked that Lewis had such a strong bond with the chickens. They did not see the need to take the time to care for the chickens like he did similarly to the way whites felt about blacks: we don’t need to waste our time on people who can’t contribute to our society. Even though Lewis knew that these chickens weren’t like him he still treated with respect and kindness because he believed everything deserved to be treated fairly.
Despite this Lewis has no problem eating chicken when he goes up north. So does he now represent someone against the Civil Rights? I don’t know. Maybe this change is to signify how the north is different and opened his eyes to a new world. Possibly it has to do with their being less noticeable racism.